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Homo heidelbergensis lived between 600,000 and 200,000 years ago. This skull was discovered in Kabwe, Zambia. The fossil was discovered in 1921 and dates between 125,000 to 300,000 years ago.
The cranium is unique because it is one of the oldest to have tooth cavities. 10 of the teeth in the upper jaw (maxilia) have cavities. This individual may have died from an infection associated with his infected teeth, or perhaps a chronic ear infection. The cranium also exhibits features of both Homo erectus (large browridge) and Homo sapiens (flatter face, larger brain).
This cranium measures approximately 9” long x 6” high, with a width of 6”. This fossil has a cranial capacity of approximately 1,300cc.
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